I have no intention of this becoming a beer review website; I don’t have a particularly sensitive palate, I certainly can’t explain what I’m tasting. It’s rather like music, to be honest, in that I my tastes may be odd at times, but I can’t define what I like or even say why I like things, but I do know what I like (as they say), and I can split stuff into the three categories of a) stuff I like, b) stuff I don’t like, and c) stuff I’m indifferent to or bored with.
So. What is the purpose of this post?
This. Which seems to be the same as this.
It’s the first time I’ve had a BrewDog beer – I know, that’s barely believable – but I stopped off at Tesco on my way home to grab a few bottles, and the Double American IPA was one I chose.
The nose is amazing, delicious, fresh, hoppy, yummy. The taste, though, to my palate, wasn’t so great. It’s interesting, but for the entire bottle I couldn’t decide if I could tolerate it, or if I just plain disliked it. It was kind of resiny, obviously there were a hell of a lot of hops, but the taste disappeared beneath this duvet of resin.
Not to my taste, clearly.
It will be interesting to see what I think of the Punk IPA, which I also bought – I’m expecting to like this one!
On a separate but different note, last night we were at our local Wetherspoons for their pub quiz and (this few weeks) beer festival. My favourite of the night was the Angry Yank Pale Ale, brewed at Roosters Brewery. It’s the first place winner at last year’s CBA National Homebrew Competition, and Gareth Lester-Olivier, the brewer got to have his beer brewed by a proper brewery and to have it supplied by JDW. It’s a great ale, my huge congratulations to Gary/bosium, and we even have a recipe available here and here (the latter being the Roosters brew of it), so we can all try to recreate it if we wish. And I certainly intend to do so: expect a post about it in a few brew’s time!
Update 2011-03-30: I tried a bottle of each of BrewDog’s Trashy Blond and 5 AM Saint over the weekend, and really liked them, so it’s just the hardcore that I don’t like… Still wouldn’t spend an evening drinking them, but they made really interesting one-offs.